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Aghamarshana Suktam – Importance

Aghamarshana Suktam is from the Rig Veda and it is believed that chanting this mantra will relieve one of all impurities and usher in light. Agham means all that impurities that keep truth out and Marshanam means to destroy or to alleviate. Aghamarshana Suktam is the 190th sooktam in the 10th mandala of Rig Veda. This sooktam was composed by Aghamarshana Rishi.

Aghamarshana Suktam is not a mantra that performs miracles or clears sins in a second. It is a mantra that helps a person to understand his true nature.
This mantra is chanted during evening prayers.
Some people chant the Suktam before taking bath as they believe it washes away sins. This belief is because Aghamarshana Suktam is dedicated to Varuna, the Lord of the waters. A Quote from Aghamarshana Suktam
That Supreme Light which projected Itself as the universe like a soaked seed which sprouts – I am that Supreme Light. I am that supreme light of Brahman which shines as the inmost essence of all that exists. In reality I am th…

Time of Moon Rise in India Today - on October 27 for Karva Chauth 2017 – Chandrodaya Timing on October 27, 2018

The fasting on Karva Chauth on today, October 27, 2018 ends after the sighting the moon. In most regions in India the moon will be visible fully between 7:50 PM and 8:20 PM. The moonrise will first take place on the eastern parts of India. Here are the timings of moon rise in various important cities like Chandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai, Amritsar, Bhopal, Jaipur on October 27, 2018.

Delhi – 8:00 PM Chandigarh – 8:00 PM Mumbai – 8:12 PM
Pune - 8:13 PM Amritsar – 8:06 PM Lucknow – 7:54 PM Jaipur – 8:00 PM Bangalore – 8:08 PM Bhopal – 8:00 PM Ahmadabad – 8:07 PM
Indore - 8:02 PM
Kolkata - 7:56 PM
Shimla - 8:04 PM

Story of the Birth of Sri Rama

Story of birth of Bhagavan Sri Rama on earth begins with King Dasaratha of Ayodhya deciding to perform Ashvamedha Yaga to have children. The decision is welcomed by the sages and they all proceeded to make the necessary arrangements of the yaga. Sumantra, the charioteer, then reminds King Dasaratha of something he has heard from elders and tells him that Sage Rishyashringa should preside over the yajna.

Sumantra then requests King Dasaratha to discuss the matter with Sage Vasishtha and others. The sages were too happy to have Rishyashringa preside over the Ashvamedha Yaga.

When the Ashvamedha yaga was drawing to a close, King Dasaratha requests Rishyashringa to perform Putrakama yajna to beget a son. When the yajna was drawing to a close, a divine form appeared on the yajna fire and handed over a golden bowl with ‘payasa’ (sweet) to King Dasaratha.

The king distributed the sweet to his three queens and a year later they gave birth to four sons – Lord Ram, Lakshman, Bharatha and Shatr…

Bhai Dooj at Ratangarh Mata Ka Mandir and Kunwar Maharaj Temple

The Bhai Dooj festival falling after Diwali is highly auspicious at the Ratangarh Mata Ka Mandir and Kunwar Maharaj Temple in Datia in Madhya Pradesh. The twin shrines are around 60 km from Datia and Gwalior. In 2018, Bhai dooj is on November 9.

Kunwar Maharaj is believed to be the brother of Ratangarh Mata.

Ratangarh Mata Shrine is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is located deep inside forest on the banks of Sindh River. Kunwar Maharaj Temple is around 5 km from Ratangarh Mandir.
It is believed that those offering prayers in the shrine will get relief from poisoning.

Bhagavad Gita – Chapter Five Verse 7 – 8 – 9 – 10

One who works in devotion, who is a pure soul, and who controls his mind and senses is dear to everyone, and everyone is dear to him. Though always working, such a man is never entangled. (Bhagavad Gita, 5.7)

A person in the divine consciousness, although engaged in seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, eating, moving about, sleeping and breathing, always knows within himself that he actually does nothing at all. Because while speaking, evacuating, receiving, or opening or closing his eyes, he always knows that only the material senses are engaged with their objects and that he is aloof from them. (Bhagavad Gita, 5.8-9)
One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus leaf is untouched by water. (Bhagavad Gita, 5.10)

Bhagavad Gita – Chapter Five Verse 7 – 8  – 9 – 10